Can you quilt a chair?

My friend Tommy asked me one day

can you do your ruler work quilting but for upholstery for a chair? 

 

I couldn't stop thinking about it so I set out to do some tests. 

I asked Tommy if he had a chair that would be suitable and since his partner is vegan this leather Louie XV chair would be a good place to start.

I got black batting from Hobbs and I ordered Black grunge from my sisters store and got started with a sample.

To be honesty it was ok. I wanted something special and I was worried about longterm wear and tare of the quilting fabric so Tommy suggested a glazed linen. So I went to The fashion district to Kings Tetiles and they only had a silver glazed black linen and I hated it. But the has a polished cotton that was quite heavy.

So I did a sample in this luxurious fabric that really looks like leather. 

This was exactly what I was looking for. So I started the seat panel.

I really don't know what to expect form the upholstery process so I wanted to give lots extra for them to play with. I was concerned about them cutting the quilting and not overstitching it to lock it in but I am assured that the tacks will hold it in place. I'm still nervous about this. Wish me luck! Off to the upholsterer it goes I’ll keep you posted.

don’t forget I’m teaching my Biscotti Express lecture on December 11th please join in  

 

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  • Ask the upholsterers to “stay stitch” the edges of each -icee after they cut it out. It’s an extra step, but it’s often done with tapestry fabrics, as well to keep them from raveling. If done with a fine stitch, this should hold your quilting threads securely in place.

    Anne Reinhart

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